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Matt's Airstream Adventure
« on: March 29, 2020, 08:23:05 pm »
About 2 years ago I was having a hard time, both at work and at home.  My job as an insurance adjuster is highly dependent upon the weather and if you know anything about Maryland or the mid-Atlantic region of the US, you know the weather is usually awful.  It's too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter and too wet the rest of the time.  I've never found a professional "calling" and at 41 I resigned myself to likely not finding one ever.  I was not much fun to be around.

My wife did her best to keep my spirits up but I couldn't help feeling like I was missing something.  I started resenting working for a big company doing a job that wasn't meaningful to me.  I resented living in a house filled with stuff I didn't really need.  I seriously resented that everyone around me seemed like they were exactly where they wanted to be, and I wanted to be anywhere else.

Then one evening my wife said something to the effect of, "Let's sell all our shit, quit our jobs, buy a tiny house on wheels and get out of here..."

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I didn't hesitate or question her suggestion.  It didn't occur to me that she might be joking.  I told her it was the greatest idea I'd ever heard and if she was into it, it had to be right. 

We have been saving money instead of spending it, we've been selling all the junk that lived permanently in our basement, we've been slowly but systematically preparing the kids emotionally for such a huge change.  People either roll their eyes at us or tell us how jealous they are when we explain our plan.  There's no in between reaction.

Fast forward to present day.  The house is under contract, our Airstream is parked at my father in law's awaiting the arrival of a composting toilet and I'm on the lookout for a gently used Ford F-250.

It's really happening. 

So I'd like to formally introduce you to this thread that I'll update as often as is practical.  It will be a sort of journal chronicling the adventures my wife Katie, my 8 and 6  year old daughters and our Airstream, The Tin Palace are about to embark on as we try a slightly different approach to achieving family happiness. 

We won't leave until July and the COVID-19 drama may or may not push our timeline up a bit but we brought The Tin Palace home today so I felt like this was a good place to start.  Enjoy!


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Re: Matt's Airstream Adventure
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2020, 08:26:29 pm »
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Re: Matt's Airstream Adventure
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2020, 08:38:45 pm »
More spacious then our house  :D Have a great time! I am jealous...
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Re: Matt's Airstream Adventure
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2020, 08:50:57 pm »
Damn that thing is a beauty. Great prologue to a potentially epic story. Looking forward to what’s next.

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2020, 08:52:32 pm »
It does have a fair amount of space.  The goal is to spend more time outside of it than in.  We’re just going to follow the nice weather. 

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Re: Matt's Airstream Adventure
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2020, 09:19:26 pm »
Amazing.  And I am so sorry I have not responded to your DM.  I will....
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Re: Matt's Airstream Adventure
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2020, 09:19:49 pm »
Where in md are you at? For now...

We’re in Bowie.

I can’t wait to hear your stories. My wife and I have entertained this idea but honestly I’m more hot on it that she is

33’ airstream?
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2020, 11:17:47 pm »
Amazing.  And I am so sorry I have not responded to your DM.  I will....

I realize my response to your DM was detailed and lengthy, as if I've been squirreled away in a cave for 2 weeks with limited adult interaction...  :(

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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2020, 11:22:24 pm »
Where in md are you at? For now...

We’re in Bowie.

I can’t wait to hear your stories. My wife and I have entertained this idea but honestly I’m more hot on it that she is

33’ airstream?

We're in Parkville in Baltimore Co.  My wife's a teacher and is really excited at the idea of a 2:1 student teacher ratio.  It definitely requires a certain "minimalist" philosophy to make this type of thing seem attractive.  I understand that's not for everyone.  We have totally embraced the purge.  If it's not bolted down I'm trying to sell it on Facebook Marketplace.

The AS is 30'.  It's a 2017 Flying Cloud 30FB Bunk.  Of all their models in every size range, this is the only length and model that had bunk beds so finding a used one 2 hours away for a great price was a miracle.

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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2020, 12:05:34 am »
Where in md are you at? For now...

We’re in Bowie.

I can’t wait to hear your stories. My wife and I have entertained this idea but honestly I’m more hot on it that she is

33’ airstream?

We're in Parkville in Baltimore Co.  My wife's a teacher and is really excited at the idea of a 2:1 student teacher ratio.  It definitely requires a certain "minimalist" philosophy to make this type of thing seem attractive.  I understand that's not for everyone.  We have totally embraced the purge.  If it's not bolted down I'm trying to sell it on Facebook Marketplace.

The AS is 30'.  It's a 2017 Flying Cloud 30FB Bunk.  Of all their models in every size range, this is the only length and model that had bunk beds so finding a used one 2 hours away for a great price was a miracle.
I’m really happy for you.

Growing up in NYC I’m used to small living spaces...my wife...not so much

I was floating the idea of the airstream interstate...the class b on the sprinter chassis

She threw out an Earthroamer

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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2020, 12:15:02 am »
The Earthroamer should cover everything from State Park camping to fleeing zombie hordes.  I'll bet there's even an option for an armory closet, like Punisher van style.  There's definitely a machete holder somewhere on it.

The Airstream became the obvious choice after spending much of the 1st phase of planning trying to figure out what to live in.  We looked at tiny houses, 5th wheels, converted school buses... we eventually settled on the AS due to it's light weight, value retention, coolness factor and how amazingly well constructed they are.  We read lots of reviews on forums and the consensus was overwhelming, get an Airstream or don't bother with trailers unless  you want leaks and frequent visits to the service department.  They're just so simple and elegant, I read a figure somewhere that like 70% of Airstreams are still in use.

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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2020, 12:23:10 am »
I believe that. I know a couple guys that have used airstreams as their hunting/camping cabin for decades.

We could afford the earthroamer if we sold the house...all our stuff...most of my internal organs...my ass repeatedly...
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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2020, 12:30:00 am »
Don't be so quick to discount selling organs and sex stuff.  We won't be working so I'm going to have to figure something out. 

Hopefully my plan to buy lots of stock in teleworking software will pan out.  You know those fools are raking it in this month.

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Re: Matt's Airstream Adventure
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2020, 11:09:44 am »
Yuge DOT for future upates...

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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2020, 02:08:29 pm »
UPDATE: 

I have nothing to report...

I'm not anticipating doing much travel prep this week so it will be quiet.  Next week however, we were planning on taking a non-Airstream, tent/cabin camping trip to a few parks in VA.  We were going to do a few nights in a cabin at a State Park and few nights in a tent in Shenandoah National Park.  We even had a couple nights booked at a swanky tiny house resort...

https://getaway.house/

Well, we aren't doing any of those things now so we'll likely head out to my father in law's for the week and get to know our Airstream a little better. 

Be sure the check in for lots of pictures and stories about me breaking shit and yelling at my kids!  You won't want to miss it.